Monday, February 29, 2016

Denim on Denim


LOFT shirt (similar here), Madewell jacketTopshop jeans, Cole Haan sneakers, Daniel Wellington watch

Jeans are my absolute favorite piece of clothing to wear so it's no surprise that denim on denim is a trend I'm on board with! I found this oversized Madewell jacket at Nordstrom during Christmas break and I instantly fell in love with it. I previously owned a light wash Levi's jacket but the fit wasn't ideal and since Waco is quite cold, I needed a jacket that I could add layers to. I paired the jacket with my favorite pair of distressed denim jeans and a lightweight tee from LOFT. My everyday Cole Haan sneakers finished off this easy outfit that's perfect for school.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hamilton Favorites


Now that my obsession with Hamilton has reached the Les Miserables level, I thought I'd share all of my favorite songs from the play with you. I introduced the play to you all here where I touched on the background of the musical and other basic information. Although there aren't any clips of the actual play online, (I know, it's sad) the whole soundtrack is streaming on Spotify, which I've listened to every day for the past month. After a decent amount of time spent belting the songs in my dorm room, I've handpicked my favorite ballads and raps (which was the hardest task considering every song was perfectly written). In no particular order, my personal favorite songs from the play are "Alexander Hamilton"; "Helpless"; "Satisfied"; "Burn"; "Wait for It"; "Dear Theodosia"; "Take a Break"; "Burn"; "Stay Alive- Reprise"; "It's Quiet Uptown"; "Best of Wives and Best of Women"; and "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story". If you haven't listened to the Hamilton soundtrack, prepare yourself for some of the most haunting lyrics and vocals in all of Broadway! Now, I should go ahead and change my tagline to Fashion, Football, and Hamilton in the offseason.




Saturday, February 27, 2016

5 Things

1. Reminiscing upon my last Ho‘olaule‘a because I really want Hawaiian food (photo ft. Brandon)


2. Always excited to see Perry Ellis in real life


3. This is my life story


4. It's always a good day when Baylor sweeps TCU


5. Watching Baylor athletics win everything

Friday, February 26, 2016

Rico Gathers to the NFL


Senior power forward Rico Gathers has easily become the face of Baylor Basketball over his past four years on the team. The monstrous player on the court has commanded national attention for not only his incredible rebounding skills but also his fiery passion for the game. He has always garnered attention because of the fact that his 6'8", 275 pound frame is more common on the field rather than the court, but he's pushed away the idea of switching to football throughout his entire college career. Not anymore. Rico recently announced that he will be focusing on transitioning to TE to hopefully play in the NFL after he graduates. He acknowledges pro football players Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, and Jimmy Graham who all played NCAA basketball and switched to football after school. Rico said that that he's already garnered interest from multiple NFL teams so he's hoping to arrange a private workout for coaches or scouts after March Madness is over. His optimal size and strength would make him an interesting fit for TE now that his final basketball season is winding down. Here's hoping that we'll see more of Gathers in the NFL!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

25 Facts About Me - February 2016


One of the first posts I ever wrote on my blog was an information post collecting personal facts about me. I always enjoy learning fun facts about my favorite musicians, athletes, etc. and I wanted to bring back this well-loved post. As I've grown up, the facts I wrote about in the past aren't as applicable to who I am now. Here are some updated details about me (since you're all so interested...)
  1. My dream is to become a football coach. I know that this will be an extremely difficult task as women have very little representation in the NCAA and NFL and most fans will say that if you can't play the sport, you can't coach it. Fortunately, these opinions only push me to fervently pursue my goal until the day I finally walk on the field with my team by my side.
  2. Being on the mainland for school has taught me to appreciate my home so much more than I have in the past. I used to hate living in a place that's always hot and I never liked going to the beach. Ironically, as I realized how quickly I would be leaving home, I learned to love Hawai‘i. Nowadays I love hiking and spending hours in the ocean. 
  3. During my free time, I've been taking ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i classes online to try and become more fluent in Hawaiian language!
  4. I have a wonderful relationship with my parents and my sister. 
  5. Over the past month or so, I've become completely obsessed with Hamilton the musical. I've always loved musicals (especially Les Mis and RENT) and Hamilton is just incredible. I'm hoping that I'll get to see it in person one day!
  6. I made the decision to stop writing about makeup and focus more on fashion and football when I realized that I established a collection of beauty products I loved so I no longer felt the need to shop for more makeup.
  7. On that note, the beauty products I use every single day are: Makeup Forever Step 1 Mattifying Primer, Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Ochre, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara in Black, eyeshadows vary on a day-to-day basis, The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 03, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed, and NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita.
  8. My favorite musicians are Sleeping At Last, The National, Billy Joel, Daughter, and Marvin Gaye.
  9. I have a notebook full of football facts/statistics, notes, and mementos, which I carry with me everywhere I go.
  10. I spend most of my money shopping for jeans, jackets, and swimsuits.
  11. Sports make me really emotional.
  12. I never learned how to properly read sheet music so I've always listened to what my instrumental part should sound like and then memorized it by ear after that.
  13. The foods from home that I miss the most while in college are poi mochi, haupia, and dim sum.
  14. I love researching stats and other information about Baylor football players and future recruits in order to update my football knowledge.
  15. I'm currently majoring in journalism but I actually hate writing articles (I know that's ironic since I have a blog). My dream would be to major in watching football games and analyzing every detail. 
  16. My favorite place to travel to is San Francisco!
  17. I've always dreamt of having my own band in which I'd sing and alternate between playing guitar, accordion, bass, ukulele, oboe, percussion, harmonica, djembe, and sax. 
  18. I love watching basketball and am just as excited to watch players on the court as I am to see those on the field.
  19. Spending time by myself is absolutely essential in order for me to maintain stability.
  20. One of my favorite things about my friends is that we can spend hours together laying on the beach or sitting around and we always have a great time. I consider them to be like my family and I always miss them!
  21. I could eat breakfast food for every meal of the day. I love breakfast so much. Ron Swanson and I would be best friends.
  22. I would love to live in Hawai‘i for the rest of my life with my family and friends, but if I had the opportunity to become a college football coach, I would live wherever I had to.
  23. It's been one of my New Year's resolutions to get over my fear of singing/playing music for other people but I haven't been able to accomplish that goal yet.
  24. I take great pride in being both Hawaiian and Japanese.
  25. This blog is one of my greatest accomplishments and I hope to continue writing for the rest of my life!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The 2016 Baylor Football Roster


With spring football practices starting tomorrow (I'm so excited I might cry), it's time to take a look at the new faces on the 2016 roster and trying to get over the fact that some familiar names will be gone.

Number Name Position Height Weight Year Experience Hometown/HS/Last College
1
Young, Taylor LB
5-10
225
JR 2L DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto HS
2
Hall, Davion S
6-2
205
JR 2L Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau HS
2
Lynch, Blake WR
6-3
205
RS FR SQ Gilmer, Texas/Gilmer HS
3
Stidham, Jarrett QB
6-3
210
SO 1L Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville HS
3
Wright, Tion CB
5-10
180
SR 2L Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa HS/Moorpark College
5
Jefferson, Johnny RB
5-10
210
JR 2L Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker HS
5
Nance, Brian DE
6-3
245
JR 2L Euless, Texas/Euless Trinity HS/Hargrave Military Academy
6
Black, Henry CB
6
190
RS FR SQ Shreveport, La./Woodlawn HS
6
Hasty, JaMycal RB
5-9
195
RS FR SQ Longview, Texas/Longview HS
7
Blake, Jourdan S
6
190
SO 1L Princeton, Texas/Princeton HS
7
Hawthorne, Lynx WR
6
205
SR 3L Refugio, Texas/Refugio HS
8
Zamora, Ishmael WR
6-4
220
SO 1L Houston, Texas/Elsik HS
9
Cannon, KD WR
6
180
JR 2L Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant HS
9
Reid, Ryan CB
5-11
190
SR 3L Dallas, Texas/Sherman HS
11
Houston, Jameson CB
6
190
RS FR SQ Austin, Texas/St. Michael’s Academy
11
Stricklin, Pooh WR
6-2
180
RS FR SQ Waco, Texas/Midway HS
12
Jones, Quan WR
6-5
220
JR 2L Wylie, Texas/East HS
13
Johnson, Chris WR/TE
6-5
235
JR 2L Bryan, Texas/Bryan HS
14
Platt, Chris WR
5-11
170
SO 1L Willis, Texas/Willis HS
15
Smith, Zach QB
6-3
220
FR HS Grandview, Texas/Grandview HS
16
Dickson, Tren’Davian WR
5-11
170
FR HS Navasota, Texas/Navasota HS
17
Russell, Seth QB
6-3
220
SR 3L Garland, Texas/Garland HS
18
Bennema, Zack QB
6-4
215
RS FR SQ Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley HS
18
Waz, Chance CB
6
185
JR 2L Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson HS
19
Davis, Raaquan LB
6-2
225
JR 2L Rockwall, Texas/Heath HS
20
Edwards, Aiavion LB
6-1
225
SR 3L Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville HS
21
Levels, Patrick NB
5-11
195
SR 3L Dallas, Texas/Roosevelt HS
22
Tolbert, Jordan CB
5-11
170
RS FR SQ Missouri City, Texas/Ridge Point HS
22
Williams, Terence RB
6-2
215
SO 1L Ennis, Texas/Ennis HS
24
Singleton, Terrence NB
5-11
200
SR 3L Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial HS
25
Bucey, Dwyer RB
5-9
200
RS FR SQ Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep
26
Sells, Taion S
5-10
185
SR 3L Irving, Texas/MacArthur HS
27
Vaughs, Verkedric CB
5-10
195
SO 1L Mesquite, Texas/Poteet HS
28
Chafin, Devin RB
6
225
SR 3L Burkburnett, Texas/Burkburnett HS
28
Stewart, Orion S
6-2
200
SR 3L Waco, Texas/Midway HS
29
Koym, Jarrod S
6
205
SO SQ Odessa, Texas/Midland Christian HS
31
Nicholson, Tony CB
5-10
190
RS FR SQ Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie HS
31
Schrepfer, Wyatt RB
5-10
210
JR SQ Trinidad, Colo./Hoehne HS/Colorado School of Mines
32
Jones Jr., Lenoy LB
5-10
220
RS FR SQ Waco, Texas/Midway HS
32
Linwood, Shock RB
5-9
200
SR 3L Linden, Texas/Linden-Kildare HS
33
Bennett, Tom P/K
6-4
180
RS FR SQ Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS
33
Hunter, Iain LB
6
210
JR SQ Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch HS
35
Franklin, Mallory S
5-10
195
JR SQ Everman, Texas/Everman HS
36
Galitz, Drew P/K
6
195
SO 1L Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett HS
37
Jaynes, Tyler NB
6-2
210
JR 1L Gatesville, Texas/Gatesville HS
38
Williams, Jordan LB
6
215
RS FR SQ Paris, Texas/Paris HS
39
Moore, Kaleb S
6
205
SR 1L Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair HS
40
Callahan, Chris P/K
5-9
200
JR 2L Houston, Texas/Second Baptist School
41
Hill, Calvin S
6-1
200
SO SQ Waco, Texas/Live Oak HS
42
Carroll, Anthony CB
6
185
SO SQ Shreveport, La./Byrd HS
43
Jacobs, Jamie DE
6-4
230
SO 1L Waco, Texas/Live Oak HS
44
Johnston, Clay LB
6-3
210
RS FR SQ Abiline, Texas/Wylie HS
46
Matiscik, Ross LB
6
235
RS FR SQ McKinney, Texas/McKinney Boyd HS
48
Blanchard, Travon NB
6-2
205
JR 2L Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark HS
49
Ogor, Eric LB
5-11
205
RS FR SQ Richmond, Texas/Foster HS
50
Kelly, Clint DS
6
215
SO HS Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine HS
51
Lutzel, Chris DS
5-10
220
RS FR SQ Huntersville, N.C./Southlake Christian Academy
52
Hammad, Rami OL
6-4
335
JR 1L Irving, Texas/Irving HS
52
Roberts, Greg DE
6-6
245
SO 1L Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches HS
53
Orcutt, Keith OL
6-4
290
JR SQ Little River, Texas/Academy HS
54
Fox, Harrison OL
6-2
280
JR SQ Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon HS
55
Black, Baylor LB
6-1
225
SR 1L Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall HS/Mary-Hardin Baylor
55
Fuller, Kyle OL
6-5
315
SR 3L Wylie, Texas/Wylie HS
56
Smith, K.J. DE
6-2
260
JR 2L Frisco, Texas/Centennial HS
57
Thrift, Tanner OL
6-5
305
JR 2L Hutto, Texas/Hutto HS
59
Bryson, Jeffrey LB
5-11
215
JR SQ San Antonio, Texas/Roosevelt HS
60
Coffey, Michael OL
6-3
240
RS FR SQ Navasota, Texas/Navasota HS
64
Desouza, Dominic OL
6-6
310
JR SQ Pacifica, Calif./Terra Nova HS/City College of San Francisco
68
Wilson, Ishmael OL
6-4
305
JR 2L Lancaster, Texas/Bishop Dunne HS/Texas A&M
70
Pelzel, Josh OL
6-6
325
SO 1L Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale HS
71
Daniel, Riley OL
6-6
300
RS FR SQ Ringling, Okla./Ringling HS
72
Blackmar, Blake OL
6-5
340
SO 1L Houston, Texas/Clear Lake HS
74
Muir, Sean OL
6-3
290
JR SQ Sutherland, NSW, Australia/Kirrawee HS
76
Porter, Mo OL
6-6
330
JR SQ Missouri City, Texas/Marshall HS/Navarro College
77
Lawrence, Patrick OL
6-6
295
SO 1L Waxahachie, Texas/Waxahachie HS
78
George, Cody DL
6-1
250
RS FR SQ Lorena, Texas/Lorena HS
79
Autry, B.J. OL
6-3
320
JR TR Mobile, Ala./Coffeyville CC
81
Murphy, Blake WR
5-9
150
JR SQ Lake Forrest, Calif./El Toro HS/Redlands
83
Edmiston, Cole WR
6-1
190
JR 1L Gatesville, Texas/Gatesville HS
84
Okeke, Obim WR
6
200
RS FR SQ Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman HS
85
Feuerbacher, Jordan TE
6-4
255
JR 2L Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood Park HS
86
Jones, Marques WR
6-2
180
RS FR SQ McKinney, Texas/McKinney HS
87
Clements, Jayson TE
6-2
235
JR TR Waco, Texas/Midway HS/Stephen F. Austin
88
Malin, Josh DL
6-6
275
SO SQ Cibolo, Texas/Steele HS
88
Tecklenburg, Sam TE
6-4
255
RS FR SQ Plano, Texas/Plano HS
89
White, Trevor WR
5-7
165
SO SQ Arlington, Texas/Martin HS
90
Hunt, Tyrone DE
6-4
265
RS FR SQ Ar, Texas/Arp HS
91
Morris, Andrew DT
6-1
275
SO 1L Mesquite, Texas/John Horn HS
94
Jones, Xavier DE
6-3
220
SO 1L Magnolia, Texas/Magnolia West HS
96
Bonds, Byron DT
6-2
290
SR 3L Allen, Texas/Allen HS
97
Lewis, Ira DL
6-3
285
SO 1L Houston, Texas/Lamar HS
99
Faulk, Jeremy DL
6-1
265
JR TR Hastings, Fla./Garden City CC/Florida Atlantic

This updated roster isn't complete yet as only four players from the incoming 2016 class are listed, which is why this list seems a little short. The new names on the roster include freshman QB Zach Smith, freshman WR Tren'Davian Dickson, junior OL B.J. Autry, junior TE Jayson Clements, and junior DL Jeremy Faulk. All of the freshmen are early enrollees who will be participating in spring drills and the juniors are JUCO transfers (except for Clements). It's important to recruit guys from junior colleges and other universities in general because they've already had experience on the field and can immediately start contributing to the team. A couple of position changes on the roster include former WR Davion Hall's switch to S, which is a huge deal for the team. Hall is a tremendous athlete who played on both sides of the ball in high school and gained interest from school's all over the nation. Although he was a highly ranked recruit, Hall hasn't seemed to find his groove as a WR because of the depth of receivers Baylor has (they're called wide receiver u for a reason). Trying to compete with stars like Corey Coleman, KD Cannon, and Ish Zamora is a difficult feat, so the switch to S will allow Hall to finally show his talents. Former WRs Kaleb Moore and Jourdan Blake have also switched to S for the upcoming season. Fans might notice that former LB Kendall Ehrlich is no longer listed on the roster. There is no news surrounding his departure, so I'm not sure if he's going to transfer schools or if he's graduating early. Another piece of noteworthy news is that Chris Johnson is no longer listed as QB but rather a WR/TE. I'm expecting to see him in rotation for TE more than receiver because that will be a position of need with the departing of Gus Penning and LaQuan McGowan to graduation. There are currently only three other TEs- Jordan Feuerbacher (redshirted all of last season but his redshirt was pulled when Penning went down with injury), Sam Tecklenburg, and transfer Jayson Clements. Johnson's size and speed make him a great candidate to compete for a starting TE spot as WRU is already loaded with incredible receivers. That's all the news for now, folks! Spring ball is starting tomorrow, which means that the football season is just around the corner. The greatest time of the year is almost upon us!
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